275th Events

During the course of 2020-21 we will be presenting a series of exhibitions and events, covering the whole period of the 275th anniversary of the last Jacobite Rising. The best place to find up-to-date details of each event is to visit our Facebook events page here. There will be a number of other smaller events, tours and workshops taking place, but this page is a quick guide to the main programme.

UPDATE: due to the ongoing uncertainty over the current coronavirus pandemic, some of our programmed dates have been changed from earlier advertisements. We have managed to reschedule most of our events but things may be subject to change as the situation evolves.

MOUNT FELIX TAPESTRY – Prestongrange Gothenburg, 26 February-11 March: a free exhibition showing the Mount Felix Tapestry, a community arts project commemorating the work of a hospital for ANZAC troops during WWI. The tapestry was in part inspired by the Prestonpans Tapestry.

FACEBOOK FILM CLUB – online, 25 March-10 April: join together digitally to break the loneliness of isolation, gathering to watch a range of video content relating to the Battle and its Tapestry.

ONLINE LECTURES – July-September 2021: a programme of illustrated talks studying aspects of the 1745 campaign and the battlefield, hosted via Zoom. Recordings of the season will be available to Friends of the Prince from 21 December.

BATTLE OF PRESTONPANS 275 ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND – a busy weekend of special events to mark the actual anniversary of the battle. Click the link to get more details.

HMS FOX COMMEMORATION – Dunbar Battery, 14 November: join us as we mark 275 years since the tragic loss of the frigate HMS Fox, which provided sailors to man the cannons at Prestonpans. You can view footage of the covid-compliant commemoration here: https://youtu.be/ZGCoO9cp0KY

PRESTONPANS TAPESTRY EXHIBITION – Garioch Centre, Inverurie, Spring 2021: rescheduled due to the pandemic, we will be celebrating ten years of the Prestonpans Tapestry and 275 years since the Battle of Inverurie.

PRESTONPANS 275 EXHIBITION – John Gray Centre, Haddington, 1 May – 31 August 2021: a special exhibition exploring the cultural legacy of the battle, and how the Jacobites have been remembered and portrayed.

MAJOR RE-ENACTMENT WEEKEND – Prestonpans, 18-19 September 2021: the return of our popular living history spectacle, bringing the battle to life with some of Britain’s finest black powder re-enactors. Watch out for news of supporting events and activities in the run-up, too.